Heading into the draft and free hand, adding chord is key for the Philadelphia 76ers. Between Danny Green’s uncertain future and Matisse Thybulle’s failings at the attacking end of the floor, it’s a glaring weakness in the squad.
After the Sixers were eliminated from the postseason by the Miami Heat, Daryl Morey cited improving the supporting cast as a top priority this offseason. As rumors surface, Philly-linked players are almost exclusively wingers who can produce at either end.
An insider dismissed the idea of the Sixers taking a flyer on a player who has struggled with injuries for most of the past two seasons. While discussing what the team might do on draft day, PhillyVoice’s Kyle Neubeck cited TJ Warren as a possible free-agent target.
The Sixers need secondary scorers on the fringes, and Warren can fill that role. That being said, a signing of this nature would be a huge gamble by Daryl Morey and the front office. As of the 2020-21 season, Warren has played a total of four games.
At 28, Warren is still in his prime. That being said, there’s no telling what state he’s in, having essentially missed two full seasons. Although Warren has not appeared in a game since December 2020, there have been reports that his left foot injuries have healed and he should be ready to take the floor at the start of the upcoming season.
Before he got injured, Warren showed the potential to be a reliable goalscorer. He played in 67 games during the 2019-20 season and averaged 19.8 PPG on 53.6% shots from the field and 40.3% from off the arc.
Another slot the Sixers need to fill this summer is their two-way players. Based on some of the latest news, Morey may be trying to bring back a familiar face. JD Shaw from Hoops Rumors recently reported that Grant Riller will be training with the team.
Riller signed a two-way contract with the Sixers last offseason but tore his cruciate ligament and missed the full year. Originally drafted by the Hornets in 2020, the 25-year-old has played a total of seven NBA games in his career so far.
The Sixers need guards behind Tyrese Maxey and James Harden, so giving Riller another chance might not be the worst move. Even though he may be too small, he still has the impression of being a creator and mediator. During his one season in the G-League, Riller averaged 13.1 PPG, 3.5 APG, 1.1 SPG and 46.2% from three to nearly five tries per game.